I once had a friend who said, “I love my job. It’s the people I don’t care for”. Unfortunately that sentiment is all too often echoed by many workers on a regular basis. It’s especially hard to work with someone who is heavily involved with office gossip. We’ve all probably been guilty of it. These are reasons why we should avoid it.
Strained working relationships – It’s hard working with someone who is gossiping to others about you or another co-worker. If you have to work with this person all day it can definitely put a strain on the relationship.
Breeds negativity – If you hear gossip long enough you might begin believing that there is an element of truth in what is being said. Co-workers that you once got along with are now suspect in your mind because of some gossip that has made its sneaky way in your office.
Insecurity – Have you ever entered a room and the talking stops? You begin thinking the people stopped talking because you were the topic of conversation. You’ll easily be able to tell if they look embarrassed, can’t look you in the eye or hang their head down.
Less productivity – It’s hard to achieve your daily work tasks if you’re busy talking about your co-workers in a way that puts them in a bad light. In other words it’s gossiping about someone behind their back. Less productivity could lead to cutbacks. Don’t give your employer a reason to possibly put you on the “chopping block” because of this kind of behavior.
Personal life – Even though you might try to keep your work and personal life separate, you may find yourself bringing office gossip home. It’s not fair to have your family get indirectly involved in things that are being said about your co-workers.
Immature – Being a gossiper shows a sign of immaturity and childishness. You begin to get a reputation as the one who likes to keep stuff going. And you wonder why people don’t want to associate with you.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of needing to know that juicy tidbit of information. Don’t allow yourself to take the bait because you could be the topic of unwanted lies and conversation. While you may not be able to control what comes out of someone’s mouth you can control what comes out of yours. Your input is best left unsaid if it ends up being gossip.
SOURCE: Personal experience and suggestions